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Lawrence Kim
October 17, 2018

Tim Story, who directed both 2005's Fantastic Four and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer for Fox, is now in talks to helm a Tom and Jerry film for Warner Bros.

Previous films that have come out of Warner Animation Group include The Lego Movie and its spin-offs, Storks and Smallfoot. The studio is aware of the history of the characters and wants to give them as much attention as DC and Harry Potter.

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Tom And Jerry will start shooting in 2019 and the untitled Scooby-Doo project is due to arrive in theatres in the first quarter of 2020, Variety magazine reports.

WAG is also gearing up on its Jetsons movie with Matt Lieberman and Sausage Party director Conrad Vernon, and is also in deep development on Flintstones and Wacky Races features. For example, the hybrid pictures' animated component is expected to go through the normal animation process that opts for storyboarding over VFX's normal pre-vis in order to make sure this aspect is as strong as it can be. Would you like to see them on the big screen again?

Of course, the new Tom and Jerry film won't be the cat and mouse's first feature - with Tom And Jerry: The Movie released in 1992, followed by a string of straight-to-video releases. Story recently finished a Shaft reboot for New Line and he was offered this cartoon based film thanks to his love of the characters. Variety reports "that since Tom and Jerry didn't speak and relied on physical comedy to draw laughs, this version will stick to that style and not cast actors to voice the duo". Another hybrid picture in the works is the studio's Wile E. Coyote vs A.C.M.E. New Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Flintstones movies and more are now in the works. Kelly Fremon Craig wrote the screenplay, which is based on a draft from Jack Donaldson and Derek Elliot. If this production plan pans out for Tom and Jerry, the road will get a little smoother for the Space Jam sequel, which is another of the studio's live-action hybrid that's in development.

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